Alanna Shaikh

0 Alanna Shaikh’s entertaining observations on UNCTAD

What the heck is UNCTAD? No, it is not some kind of festering boil in a section of the body you would prefer not be discussed. It’s actually another one of those UN agencies hardly anyone pays attention to, its full name the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.…

0 Wordy word AIDS Day

No, that’s not a typo. I’ve decided to mark this 30th anniversary of the recognized beginning of the pandemic as Wordy AIDS Day rather than use its official name, World AIDS Day, because most of what the international community is doing is saying they want to continue the fight against…

2 Is the Gates Foundation a “benevolent dictator” of global health?

That’s the provocative question addressed by two knowledgeable aid experts, Laura Freschi and Alanna Shaikh, in this article for Alliance magazine, a publication focused on philanthropy and social investing. They start out by emphasizing the clearly benevolent side to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Today, the foundation’s annual spending…

10 Three reasons why CIA faked vaccines may cause contagion of damage

New Action Thriller: From UNICEF with Love?Flickr, johanoomen Now that the CIA has acknowledged running a deceptive, if not totally fake, vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the effort months ago to hunt down Osama bin Laden, here are three reasons why this episode is prompting an angry response…

0 What makes people care about global health, development?

If you pay much attention to all the political talk going on right now around foreign aid and development (and you should), you might have noticed a trend. The trend is for political leaders to talk about providing foreign aid, health assistance and poverty mitigation because of its value to…